Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes – Save the Date

Two years ago Elsa Youngsteadt and Steve Frank from NC State joined forces with Dave SmitleyHeidi Wollaeger, and others from Michigan State University to organize the first national conference related to pollinator conservation in ornamental plant production and urban landscapes. Over 150 people with jobs in research, extension, industry, government, or NGOs spent 3 days in the North Carolina mountains with a lineup of renowned international speakers.

But this conference was not just about listening; it was also about talking and discussing pressing issues such as insecticide safety and habitat conservation. Folks studying bee conservation had dinner with folks from agrochemical companies. Extension folks trying to find real-world pest management solutions had beers with beekeepers and conservationists. Many of these interactions may not have ever happened without this conference. Continue reading

Tribal Pesticide Program Council Meeting — October 3-4, 2017

The Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC) will meet on October 3-4, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time in Sloan, Iowa. Tentative agenda topics include:

  • a discussion on the status of pesticides in Indian Country,
  • updates on regional tribal activities and
  • discussions regarding developing pollinator protection plans and best practices for protecting pollinators.

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Why did my fungicide fail?

In Southeast Farm Press

Plant pathologist Bob Kemerait offers five reasons why fungicide programs fail.

It’s one of the most common questions I get during the back-half of the growing season: “Why didn’t my fungicide work?” Continue reading

APHIS Removes Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in the Palmview Area of Hidalgo County, Texas

Effective August 8, 2017, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) removed the Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens or Mexfly) quarantine area in Palmview, Hidalgo, County, Texas.  Continue reading